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Tim Graves and the Farm Hands to Play Bluegrass Monday Concert


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Terry Eldredge, Tim Graves, Jimmy Haynes and Don Wayne Reno

JONESBORO – Tim Graves and the Farm Hands will perform bluegrass, country and gospel music at the next KASU-FM Bluegrass Monday concert. The show will be Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould. 

Since its formation in 2010, the Farm Hands bluegrass band has won over thirty major bluegrass music awards. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) has honored the group twice as entertainer of the year, five times as gospel group of the year, four times with the album of the year award and three times with the song of the year award. The band has also received vocal group of the year and band of the year honors along with 70 award nominations.

This Pinecastle Records recording artist has had multiple #1 bluegrass hits. The group performs over 150 shows each year at bluegrass festivals, churches, performing arts centers, and other venues. The four members of the group have a combined over 150 years’ experience as professional bluegrass musicians.

Tim Graves plays resophonic guitar, an instrument which is often known as a dobro. He was encouraged to learn the instrument by his uncle, Josh Graves, who introduced the dobro into bluegrass music in the 1950s when he was a member of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ band the Foggy Mountain Boys.

Tim Graves has been a professional musician for over 45 years, beginning his career at age 14.  He has been a past member of the groups Cedar Run, The Boys From Shiloh and James Monroe’s Midnight Ramblers. He is also a past member of the touring band for the bluegrass hall-of-fame members The Osborne Brothers.

Graves has received SPBGMA’s dobro player of the year award 16 times and he was inducted into that organization’s hall of fame in 2015. He also received a Grammy award for his contributions to the album The Great Dobro Sessions. 

Banjo player Don Wayne Reno is the youngest son of bluegrass music hall-of-fame member Don Reno. Don Wayne also began his professional musical career as a teenager, performing first in his father’s band and later with his siblings as the Reno Brothers. He is also a past member of Hayseed Dixie, a band that specializes in playing bluegrass versions of classic rock songs.

Bassist Terry Eldredge’s bluegrass resume includes performing in the bands of the duo Lonzo and Oscar, Wilma Lee Cooper, and Grand Ole Opry members the Osborne Brothers with whom he played for ten years. He also spent time as a vocalist in Larry Cordle’s band Lonesome Standard Time and he was the long-time lead vocalist for the Grascals, singing on many of their #1 bluegrass hits.

Guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Haynes began performing professionally as a teenager as part of his family’s musical group. He is a past member of the James King Band and he has appeared on numerous recordings for other bluegrass artists.

Additional information about the group is available at www.farmhandsmusic.com.

Seating at the concert is first-come, first-served. Doors to the theatre will open at 6. The admission fee is $10 per person, payable by cash at the door the night of the concert.  Everyone aged 18 and under will be admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.kasu.org/tickets. Bluegrass Mondays are a non-profit event and 100% of ticket proceeds go to the performers.

Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday night of each month. These concerts are presented with support from sponsors including the Paragould Advertising & Promotion Commission, Bibb Chiropractic Center, Gardner-Milner Law Firm the Posey Peddler, Hyde Park Café, Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Paragould and KASU.

KASU is the public media service of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro broadcasting at 91.9 FM and streaming on a variety of online platforms. For more information, contact KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough at mscarbro@astate.edu or 870-972-2367. Additional information is also available on the Bluegrass Monday Facebook page.